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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Susan L. Meyer
susan.l.meyer@ars.usda.gov
Research Plant Pathologist


Staff:

Margaret Macdonald (Peggy)
Biological Science Laboratory Technician

Biographical Information:

Dr. Meyer received her Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Georgia. She was subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and at York University, and then came to Beltsville, MD as a Research Plant Pathologist with the USDA/ARS Nematology Laboratory in 1986.

Research Interests:

The research in my laboratory focuses on evaluation of cover crops, soil amendments, and microbes (including beneficial plant endophytes) for improving suppression of plant-parasitic nematode populations in important agricultural crops. Additionally, natural products are isolated and identified from biological sources to determine mode of action against nematodes, and as possible sources of biobased products for managing nematodes. Potential control agents are tested singly or in combination with other management strategies. The overall goal of this research is to develop efficient, biologically based control strategies.

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  • PDF linkShemshura, O. N., N. E. Bekmakhanova, M. N. Mazunina, S. L. F. Meyer, C. P. Rice, and E. P. Masler. 2016. Isolation and identification of nematode-antagonistic compounds from the fungus Aspergillus candidus. FEMS Microbiology Letters 363 (5): fnw026 DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnw026
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F, I. A. Zasada, S. M Rupprecht, M. J. VanGessel, C. R. R. Hooks, M. J. Morra, and K. L. Everts. 2015. Mustard seed meal for management of root-knot nematode and weeds in tomato production. HortTechnology 25: 192-202.
  • PDF linkNyczepir, A. P., P. M. Brannen, J. Cook, and S. L. F. Meyer. 2014. Management of Meloidogyne incognita with Jesup (Max-Q) tall fescue grass prior to peach orchard establishment. Plant Disease 98: 625-630.
  • PDF linkSummers, C. F., S. Park, A. R. Dunn, X. Rong, K. L. Everts, S. L. F. Meyer, S. M. Rupprecht, M. D. Kleinhenz, B. McSpadden Gardener, and C. D. Smart. 2014. Single season effects of mixed-species cover crops on tomato health (cultivar Celebrity) in multi-state field trials. Applied Soil Ecology 77: 51-58.
  • PDF linkHinds, J., K.-H. Wang, S. P. Marahatta, S. L. F. Meyer, and C. R. R. Hooks. 2013. Sunn Hemp cover cropping and organic fertilizer effects on the nematode community under temperate growing conditions. Journal of Nematology 45: 265-271.
  • Ogunlade, M. O., S. B. Orisajo, J. N. Njukeng, L. Koko, P. D. Millner, D. J. Chitwood, and S. L. F. Meyer. 2013. Illustrated Manual on Composting for Improved Soil Fertility and Enhanced Cocoa Production. World Cocoa Foundation Cocoa Livelihoods Program (WCF CLP), Washington, DC, USA. Published and printed by: Gbemi Sodipo Press Ltd., Idi-Aba, Nigeria. 24 pp.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., A. P. Nyczepir, S. M. Rupprecht, A. D. Mitchell, P. A. W. Martin, C. W. Brush, and D. J. Chitwood. 2013. Tall fescue ‘Jesup (Max-Q)’: Meloidogyne incognita development in roots and nematotoxicity. Agronomy Journal 105: 755-763.
  • PDF linkWen, Y., S. L. F. Meyer, E. P. Masler, F. Zhang, J. Liao, X. Wei, and D. J. Chitwood. 2013.Nematotoxicity of drupacine and a Cephalotaxus alkaloid preparation against the plant-parasitic nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. Pest Management Science 69: 1026-1033. DOI 10.1002/ps.3548
  • Hooks, C. R. R., K.-H. Wang, S. L. F. Meyer, M. Lekveishvili, J. Hinds, E. Zobel, A. Rosario-Lebron, and M. Lee-Bullock. 2011. Impact of no-till cover cropping of Italian ryegrass on above and below ground faunal communities inhabiting a soybean field with emphasis on soybean cyst nematodes. Journal of Nematology 43: 172-181.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., S. B. Orisajo, D. J. Chitwood, B. T. Vinyard, and P. D. Millner. 2011. Poultry litter compost for suppression of root-knot nematode on cacao plants. International Journal of Nematology 21: 153-162.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., I. A. Zasada, S. B. Orisajo and M. J. Morra.  2011.  Mustard seed meal mixtures: management of Meloidogyne incognita on pepper and potential phytotoxicity. Journal of Nematology 43: 7-15.
  • PDF linkTimper, P., R. F. Davis, T. M. Webster, T. B. Brenneman, S. L. F. Meyer, I. A. Zasada, G. Cai, and C. P. Rice. 2011. Response of root-knot nematodes and Palmer amaranth to tillage and rye green manure. Agronomy Journal 103: 813-821.
  • PDF linkIbrahim, H. M. M., N. W. Alkharouf, S. L. F. Meyer, M. A. M. Aly, A. E. K. Y Gamal. El-Din, E. H. A. Hussein, and B. F. Matthews. 2011. Post-transcriptional gene silencing of root knot-nematode in transformed soybean roots. Experimental Parasitology 127: 90-99.
  • PDF linkNyczepir, A. P., and S. L. F. Meyer. 2010. Host status of endophyte-infected and noninfected tall fescue grass to Meloidogyne spp. Journal of Nematology 42: 151-158.
  • PDF linkRoberts, D. P., J. E. Maul, L. F. McKenna, S. E. Emche, S. L. F., Meyer, R. T. Collins, and J. H. Bowers. 2010. Selection of genetically diverse Trichoderma spp. isolates for suppression of Phytophthora capsici on bell pepper. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 56: 864-873.
  • PDF linkZasada, I. A., S. L. F. Meyer, and M. J. Morra. 2009. Brassicaceous seed meals as soil amendments to suppress the plant-parasitic nematodes Pratylenchus penetrans and Meloidogyne incognita. Journal of Nematology 41: 221-227.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., J. M. Halbrendt, L. K. Carta, A. M. Skantar, T. Liu, H. M. E. Abdelnabby, and B. T. Vinyard. 2009. Toxicity of 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (DAPG) to plant-parasitic and bacterial-feeding nematodes. Journal of Nematology 41: 274-280.
  • PDF link Meyer, S. L. F., C. P. Rice, and I. A. Zasada.  2009.  DIBOA: Fate in soil and effects on root-knot nematode egg numbers.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry 41: 1555–1560.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., D. K. Lakshman, I. A. Zasada, B. T. Vinyard, and D. J. Chitwood.  2008.  Phytotoxicity of clove oil to vegetable crop seedlings and nematotoxicity to root-knot nematodes.  HortTechnology 18: 631-638.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., and D. J. Chitwood.  2008.  Edna Marie Buhrer (1898-1988) and Grace Whitney Sherman Cobb (1905-1993): Pioneering nematologists at the USDA Nematology Laboratory, pp. 67-83.  In: Ristaino, J. B. (ed.).  Pioneering Women in Plant Pathology.  APS Press, St. Paul, MN.
  • PDF linkCayuela, M. L., P. D. Millner, S. L. F.  Meyer, and A. Roig.  2008.  Potential of olive mill waste and compost as biobased pesticides against weeds, fungi and nematodes.  Science of the Total Environment 399: 11-18. 
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., D. K. Lakshman, I. A. Zasada, B. T. Vinyard, and D. J. Chitwood.  2008.  Dose-response effects of clove oil from Syzygium aromaticum on the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita.  Pest Management Science 64: 223-229.
  • PDF linkZasada, I. A., C. P. Rice, and S. L. F. Meyer. 2007. Improving the use of rye (Secale cereale) for nematode management: potential to select cultivars based on Meloidogyne incognitahost status and benzoxazinoid content. Nematology 9: 53-60.
  • Roberts, D. P., L. F. McKenna, D. K. Lakshman, S. L. F. Meyer, H. Kong, J. T. de Souza, J. Lydon, C. J. Baker, J. S. Buyer, and S. Chung. 2007. Suppression of damping-off of cucumber caused by Pythium ultimum with live cells and extracts of Serratia marcescens N4-5. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 39: 2275-2288.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., N. Kokalis-Burelle, R. F. Davis, J. A. Thies, and I. A. Zasada.  2006.  USDA-ARS research on practices compatible with organic agriculture for management of plant-parasitic nematodes on vegetable crops.  Journal of Vegetable Science 12: 47-81
  • PDF linkAlkharouf, N. W., V. P. Klink, I. B. Chouikha, H. S. Beard, M. H. MacDonald, S. L. F. Meyer, H. T. Knap, R. Khan, and B. F. Matthews. 2006. Timecourse microarray analyses reveal global changes in gene expression of susceptible Glycine max (soybean) roots during infection by Heterodera glycines (soybean cyst nematode). Planta 224: 838-852.
  • PDF linkZasada, I. A., W. Klassen, S. L. F. Meyer, M. Codallo, and A. A. Abdul-Baki. 2006. Velvetbean (Mucuna pruriens) extracts: impact on Meloidogyne incognita survival and on Lycopersicon esculentum and Lactuca sativa germination and growth. Pest Management Science 62: 1122-1127.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., I. A. Zasada, D. P. Roberts, B. T. Vinyard, D. K. Lakshman, J.-K. Lee, D. J. Chitwood, and L. K. Carta. 2006. Plantago lanceolata and Plantago rugelii extracts are toxic to Meloidogyne incognita but not to certain microbes. Journal of Nematology 38: 333-338.
  • PDF linkSkantar, A. M., K. Agama, S. L. F. Meyer, L. K. Carta, and B. T. Vinyard. 2005. Effects of geldanamycin on hatching and juvenile motility in Caenorhabditis elegans and Heterodera glycines. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 31: 2481-2491.
  • PDF linkZasada, I. A., S. L. F. Meyer, J. M. Halbrendt, and C. Rice. 2005. Activity of hydroxamic acids from Secale cerealeagainst the plant-parasitic nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and Xiphinema americanum. Phytopathology 95: 1116-1121.
  • Roberts, D. P., A. A. Abdul-Baki, I. A. Zasada, S. L. F. Meyer, and W. Klassen. 2005. Biologically based technologies for the suppression of soilborne pathogens of vegetables. Recent Research Developments in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2: 51-67.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., I. A. Zasada, M. Tenuta, and D. P. Roberts. 2005. Application of a biosolid soil amendment, calcium hydroxide, and Streptomyces for management of root-knot nematode on cantaloupe. HortTechnology 15: 635-641.
  • PDF linkRoberts, D. P., S. M. Lohrke, S. L. F. Meyer, J. S. Buyer, J. H. Bowers, C. J. Baker, W. Li, J. T. de Souza, J. A. Lewis, and S. Chung. 2005. Biocontrol agents applied individually and in combination for suppression of soilborne diseases of cucumber. Crop Protection 24: 141-155.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., L. K. Carta, and S. A. Rehner. 2005. Morphological variability and molecular phylogeny of the nematophagous fungus Monacrosporium drechsleri. Mycologia 97: 405-415.
  • PDF linkKhan, R., N. Alkharouf, H. Beard, M. MacDonald, I. Chouikha, S. Meyer, J. Greffenstette, H. Knap, and B. Matthews. 2004. Microarray analysis of gene expression in soybean roots susceptible to the soybean cyst nematode two days post invasion. Journal of Nematology 36: 241-248.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., R. N. Huettel, X. Z. Liu, R. A. Humber, J. Juba, and J. Nitao. 2004. Activity of fungal culture filtrates against soybean cyst nematode and root-knot nematode egg hatch and juvenile motility. Nematology 6: 23-32.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F. 2003. United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service research programs on microbes for management of plant-parasitic nematodes. Pest Management Science 59: 665-670.
  • Nitao, J. K., S. L. F. Meyer, J. E. Oliver, W. F. Schmidt, and D. J. Chitwood. 2002. Isolation of flavipin, a fungus compound antagonistic to plant-parasitic nematodes. Nematology 4: 55-63.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., and D. P. Roberts. 2002. Combinations of biocontrol agents for management of plant-parasitic nematodes and soilborne plant-pathogenic fungi. Journal of Nematology 34: 1-8.
  • PDF linkLi, W., D. P. Roberts, P. D. Dery, S. L. F. Meyer, S. Lohrke, R. D. Lumsden, and K. P. Hebbar. 2002. Broad spectrum anti-biotic activity and disease suppression by the potential biocontrol agent Burkholderia ambifaria Bc-F. Crop Protection Journal 21: 129-135.
  • PDF linkOrion, D., G. Kritzman, S. L. F. Meyer, E. F. Erbe, and D. J. Chitwood. 2001. A role of the gelatinous matrix in the resistance of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne spp.) eggs to microorganisms. Journal of Nematology 33: 203-207.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., D. P. Roberts, D. J. Chitwood, L. K. Carta, R. D. Lumsden, and W. Mao. 2001. Application of Burkholderia cepacia and Trichoderma virens, alone and in combinations, against Meloidogyne incognita on bell pepper. Nematropica 31: 75-86.
  • PDF linkNitao, J. K., S. L. F. Meyer, W. F. Schmidt, J. C. Fettinger, and D. J. Chitwood. 2001. Nematode-antagonistic trichothecenes from Fusarium equiseti. Journal of Chemical Ecology 27: 859-869.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., S. I. Massoud, D. J Chitwood, and D. P. Roberts. 2000. Evaluation of Trichoderma virens and Burkholderia cepacia for antagonistic activity against root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita. Nematology: 871-879.
  • PDF linkNitao, J. K., S. L. F. Meyer, and D. J. Chitwood. 1999. In-vitro assays of Meloidogyne incognita and Heterodera glycines for detection of nematode-antagonistic fungal compounds. Journal of Nematology 31: 172-183.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F. 1999. Efficacy of the fungus Verticillium lecanii for suppressing root-knot nematode egg numbers on cantaloupe roots. HortTechnology 9: 443-447.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., D. P. Roberts, and W. P. Wergin. 1998. Association of the plant-beneficial fungus Verticillium lecanii with soybean roots and rhizosphere. Journal of Nematology 30: 451-460.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., and W. P. Wergin. 1998. Colonization of soybean cyst nematode females, cysts, and gelatinous matrices by the fungus Verticillium lecanii. Journal of Nematology 30: 436-450.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F. 1998. Evaluation of Verticillium lecaniistrains applied in root drenches for suppression of Meloidogyne incognita on tomato. Journal of the Helminthological Society of Washington 65: 82-86.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., D. J. Chitwood, and P. Crowley. 1997. Influence of soybean cultivar on reproduction of Heterodera glycines in monoxenic culture. Journal of Nematology 29: 389-394.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., G. Johnson, M. Dimock, J. W. Fahey, and R. N. Huettel. 1997. Field efficacy of Verticillium lecanii, sex pheromone, and pheromone analogs as potential management agents for soybean cyst nematode. Journal of Nematology 29: 282-288.
  • PDF linkCook, R. J., W. L. Bruckart, J. R. Coulson, M. S. Goettel, R. A. Humber, R. Lumsden, J. V. Maddox, M. L. McManus, I. Moore, S. L. F. Meyer, P. S. Quimby, J. P. Stack, and J. L. Vaughn (North American Biocontrol Working Group). 1996. Safety of microorganisms intended for pest and plant disease control: a framework for scientific evaluation. Biological Control 7: 331-351.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., and R. J. Meyer. 1996. Greenhouse studies comparing strains of the fungus Verticillium lecanii for activity against the nematode Heterodera glycines. Fundamental and Applied Nematology 19: 305-308.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., and R. N. Huettel. 1996. Application of a sex pheromone, pheromone analogs and Verticillium lecanii for management of Heterodera glycines. Journal of Nematology 28: 36-42.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., and R. J. Meyer. 1996. Survival of the nematode-antagonistic fungus Verticillium lecanii in alginate prills. Nematologica 42: 114-123.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., and R. J. Meyer. 1995. Effects of a mutant strain and a wild type strain of Verticillium lecanii on Heterodera glycines populations in the greenhouse. Journal of Nematology 27: 409-417.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1994. Effects of a wild type strain and a mutant strain of the fungus Verticillium lecanii on Meloidogyne incognita populations in greenhouse studies. Fundamental and Applied Nematology 17: 563-567.
  • PDF linkKrusberg, L. R., S. Sardanelli, S. L. F. Meyer, and P. Crowley. 1994. A method for recovery and counting of nematode cysts. Annals of Applied Nematology 26 (4S): 599.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1993. Book Review - "Biological Control of Plant Parasitic Nematodes." Environmental Entomology 22: 881-882.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., and R. N. Huettel. 1993. Fungi and fungus/bioregulator combinations for control of plant-parasitic nematodes. Pages 214-221 In: Pest Management: Biologically Based Technologies, R. D. Lumsden and J. L. Vaughn, eds. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1992. Book Review - "Biotic Interactions and Soil-borne Diseases." Nematology Newsletter 38: 12-13.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1992. Induction of increased benomyl tolerance in Verticillium lecanii, a fungus antagonistic to plant-parasitic nematodes. Journal of the Helminthological Society of Washington 59: 237-239.
  • Huettel, R. N., and S. L. F. Meyer. 1992. Novel management strategies for plant parasitic nematodes. Pages 273-276 In: Biological Control of Plant Diseases, E. S. Tjamos et al., eds. Plenum Press, New York.
  • Huettel, R. N., L. J. Francl, R. W. Reise, S. L. F. Meyer, and R. A. Henn. 1991. Plant-parasitic nematodes in the potato growing areas of Maine. American Potato Journal 68: 345-354.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., R. M. Sayre, and R. N. Huettel. 1991. Benomyl tolerance of ten fungi antagonistic to plant-parasitic nematodes. Journal of Nematology 23: 402-408.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., R. N. Huettel, and R. M. Sayre. 1990. Isolation of fungi from Heterodera glycines and in vitro bioassays for their antagonism to eggs. Journal of Nematology 22: 532-537.
  • PDF linkMeyer, S. L. F., R. M. Sayre, and R. N. Huettel. 1988. Comparisons of selected stains for distinguishing between live and dead eggs of the plant-parasitic nematode Heterodera glycines. Proceedings of the Helminthological Society of Washington 55: 132-139.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., S. G. W. Kaminskyj, and I. B. Heath. 1988. Nuclear migration in a nud mutant of Aspergillus nidulans is inhibited in the presence of a quantitatively normal population of cytoplasmic microtubules. The Journal of Cell Biology 106: 773-778.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., and M. C. Heath. 1988. A comparison of the death induced by fungal invasion or toxic chemicals in cowpea epidermal cells. II. Responses induced by Erysiphe cichoracearum. Canadian Journal of Botany 66: 624-634.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., and M. C. Heath. 1988. A comparison of the death induced by fungal invasion or toxic chemicals in cowpea epidermal cells. I. Cell death induced by heavy metal salts. Canadian Journal of Botany 66: 613-623.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., R. N. Huettel, and R. M. Sayre. 1988. Fungal antagonists to soybean cyst nematode. Proceedings of the 1988 Middle Atlantic Soybean Workers' Conference, page 7. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Soybean Research Workers Conference, Beltsville, Maryland. January 1988.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., and E. S. Luttrell. 1987. Host-parasite relationships between Pseudopeziza trifolii f. sp. medicaginis-sativae and alfalfa. Phytopathology 77: 309-319.
  • Meyer, S. L. F., and E. S. Luttrell. 1986. Ascoma morphology of Pseudopeziza trifolii f. sp. medicaginis-sativae (Dermateaceae) on alfalfa. Mycologia 78: 529-542.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1985. The new lichen genus Imshaugia (Ascomycotina, Parmeliaceae). Mycologia 77: 336-338.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1983. Pseudopeziza trifolii f. sp. medicaginis-sativae: morphology and host-parasite relationships with alfalfa. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Georgia.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1982. Segregation of the new lichen genus Foraminella from Parmeliopsis. Mycologia 74: 592-598.
  • Meyer, S. L. F. 1979. The lichen genus Parmeliopsis in North America. M.S. Thesis. University of Minnesota.

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